5 Stocks Boosting The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 15,561 as of Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,136 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 110 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 5.4%, Corporate Office Properties ( OFC), up 3.5%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.8%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.4% and Duke Realty ( DRE), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.5%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 1.6%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.1% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is up $0.16 (0.8%) to $21.41 on light volume. Thus far, 781,657 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.17-$21.44 after having opened the day at $21.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.25.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $20.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is up $0.74 (0.8%) to $88.31 on light volume. Thus far, 226,530 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.57-$88.53 after having opened the day at $87.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.57.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is up $0.28 (1.6%) to $18.30 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.11-$18.44 after having opened the day at $18.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.02.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is up $0.34 (0.8%) to $40.30 on light volume. Thus far, 954,002 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.97-$40.40 after having opened the day at $40.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.97.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.18 (0.6%) to $29.46 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.29-$29.52 after having opened the day at $29.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.27.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).
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